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In the aftermath of some terrible officiating in game 1 of the Celtics- Heat series, the league has admitted that the refs blew a couple of the calls.  Little good it does the Celtics now since those calls may very well have cost the Celtics the game but it does vindicate those of us who were frustrated and angry by the terrible officiating in that game. From the Sun Sentinel:
The NBA has reclassified two fouls from Sunday's contentious second-round playoff series opener between the Boston Celtics and Miami Heat.

James Jones' technical foul with 7:59 remaining in the fourth quarter of the Heat's 99-90 victory at AmericanAirlines Arena was rescinded. However, the Heat reserve forward was retroactively charged with a flagrant foul, penalty one for his foul at that juncture, when he landed hard against Celtics forward Paul Pierce.

The league has a point system in place that can lead to postseason suspensions for excessive flagrant fouls or technical fouls over the course of the playoffs.

In addition, Jermaine O'Neal's flagrant foul, penalty one at 2:30 of the third quarter for a shoulder thrown by the Celtics center at a driving Jones has been downgraded by the NBA to a personal foul.

These are just 2 of the terrible calls in this game but these two were so bad that the league had to admit they were wrong. The flagrant call on Jermaine O'Neal turned into 5 points for the Heat as Jones hit 2 free throws and Bibby then hit a 3. That bad call started a 9-0 run for the Heat.

In addition, the failure to correctly call the Jones hit a flagrant foul cost the Celtics 2 points. Also, if the flagrant had been called, chances are that Pierce wouldn't have gotten so frustrated about being mugged and wouldn't have gotten his first technical and wouldn't have been ejected from the game. At the time he was ejected he had begun to heat up and had hit several big shots. The ejection of Pierce along with the 7 point swing from the calls the league reversed more than likely cost the Celtics the game. It's nice that they admitted their incompetence after the fact and reversed the calls, but those calls may have cost the Celtics the game and that can't be undone.

We haven't even discussed the flagrant that Wade committed that wasn't called and wasn't reversed. And then there was LeBron's blatant travel that wasn't called. And there was the fact that LeBron left the Heat bench and walked onto the court to pull Chalmers back during the altercation that led to the Delonte West technical foul. The rule is that if you leave the bench during an incident you should be suspended. There have been players who just stepped onto the court and didn't go anywhere near the action that were suspended for it. But I guess the rules don't apply to LeBron.

The good news is that the league deemed that Pierce did not head butt Jones after Jones' flagrant foul that the biased and incompetent refs failed to call. That means that he will not be suspended for game 2. We can only hope that since the refs were so bad in game 1 that the refs in game 2 will at least call it fair. I know it's a lot to hope for, but the league owes to the Celtics to get it right after their failure in game 1 likely cost them the game.

FLCeltsFan 5/02/2011 11:04:00 PM Edit
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29 Responses so far.

  1. Anonymous says:

    agreed 100%. stuff like this makes me so angry, when i heard about the flagrant form j.o. being recended earlier, it was too little too late, but stillalot of rage.

    U CANT BE THAT BLATANTLY BAD AT OFFICIATING.
    these refs have bigger egos than players sometimes and refuse to reconsider their calls by watching available replays.

  2. Anonymous says:

    We need to program computers to take over the jobs of human referees. Only then could every call be made exactly according to the rulebook.

  3. coco says:

    the fact that they admitted the wrong calls just shows the lack of integrity of that game. Instantly that's 7 points that we cannot get back. Game 1 is a joke. Bring in game2!!!

  4. Anonymous says:

    NBA refs cost the Celtics game 1...PERIOD.

    Signed

    Mike Munger
    Return to the Rafters
    CLNS Radio

  5. priny says:

    refs ruin games!!!!

  6. Anonymous says:

    This shouldn't be a surprise to anyone. Don't for a second think that David Stern hasn't told the refs to try and "help" the Heat get to the finals in the east and the Lakers get to the finals in the west. It's all about ratings and money, and that's what the league is after.

  7. GreenBlood23 says:

    Thant second T for Pierce should've been rescinded too. LeQueer jumps excessively on every call that goes against him and he doesn't even get a look from the refs.

    We may have played poorly on game one, but the refs clearly left their hand prints on this game and made sure to take any wind we had with the runs we made. Trailing by 12 with 7 mins remaining in the 4th, if they actually called the Jones foul a flagrant, that's 2 ft plus possession! And if they called the Wade foul after that event flagrant too, another 2ft with possession, if we made all that, we could have possibly taken 6-7 points in that possession with less than 7mins left!

  8. Beantown says:

    Unfortunately I missed game 1 because of a responsibility I had to fulfill, but when I went to go look at some of the comments about the game it was clear that the referees were once again central to an NBA playoff game. There is not another sport on the planet that has its fans talking about the referees after every single game, and deservedly so. This is the post-Donaghy era and still it seems that the referees clearly favor certain teams during games. It really makes it hard to have any respect or faith in the officiating as a fan. It's a shame.

  9. Anonymous says:

    In those white unis refs confused them with polar bears.
    I didn't watch last six minutes,actually after PP's second T, it was repulsive.

  10. Jenda says:

    To admit a mistake is the first step. They say.
    However, it wasn't JUST the officiating, that cost Celtics the game. It was mostly their lousy D on Jones and Turnovers.
    I believe they are more motivated than they were because of that.
    I feel much better today, since all the technically worst teams (Mavs, Heat, Grizzlies, Hawks) won their first matches.

  11. Anonymous says:

    It amazes me how "the league" has admitted to bad calls when we have been witnessing bad calls against the Heat since playoffs begin. Yes I agree.... BRING ON GAME two so that all the HEAT HATERZ can stop whinning!

  12. The Sixers were the victim of terrible calls in favor of the Heat as well. They really didn't have a chance. I guess these two calls were so very terrible and even the announcers were appalled by them (and many more) that they had to at least make an effort to show that they aren't fixing the game. But the fact that they did fix the game stands because those horrible calls which the league admits were horrible likely cost the Celtics the game.

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  14. Three Toe says:

    great. so this is their catch-all? This is how they are going to do it now? Oh, we're allowed to make terrible calls and decide games to fit our agenda, because afterwards, we'll make it all better by changing some calls retroactively. this is dishonesty in action, masquerading as justice. i hope david stern gets hit by a big pointy truck today.

  15. Anonymous says:

    What about Pierce's ejection? It was that Stupid Sleeping Wade that initiated the contact.

  16. Not only did Wade initiate contact, but it was clearly flagrant as well. They did not upgrade that call but should have. They should also have rescinded at least one of those T's on Pierce since it was the incompetence of the refs that led to them. Here is a great article by Tim Donaghy about the horrible officiating in game 1

    http://tinyurl.com/3cgolpl

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  18. HeatFan says:

    So you get 7 points back and still lose! xD Your team is done. Why didn't the Lakers win, if the refs are rigged? Just admit that the HEAT are a better team.

  19. Anonymous says:

    Why can't Heat Fans give a sensible commentary other than saying their team is better? because maybe they're not that smart.

  20. Three Toe says:

    the time will come, heatfan, down the road when david stern doesn't want to heat to win, and you'll be saying the same stuff we are saying now. or you'll never figure it out because you're already 16 and still in fifth grade.

  21. Anonymous says:

    Shut the fuck up Heat fan, bandwagon bitch.

  22. Landon says:

    Heat fans are so fucking dumb they have to oversimplify the whole thing. Sigh. This is why Lebron's arrival to South Beach is criminal: All of a sudden, there are too many idiots in the world. What a disgrace to basketball.

  23. HeatFan says:

    @ThreeToe: This time won't come. Because David Stern wants us to win. The Celtics are done! Lebron is gonna crush you!

  24. Three Toe says:

    haha, well you're right about it not being this year, but sooner or later the Heat buzz will die down and a new team will be the profit driver! good luck in the series though, ill be thinking of you when it's 1-1 tonight!

  25. Anonymous says:

    No one wants to see the Heat win!! everyone outside of Miami is rooting against them.Here in La people are cheering for the Celtics. if by the help of refs heat make it to finals it will be one of the lowest ratings in finals. Much lower than the time when Tim Duncan won his 2nd ring. Heat bandwagoners everyone Hates your team. You guys have no knowledge of basketball.

  26. HeatFan says:

    People in LA want Boston in the Finals because they know that they are gonna win. Just like last year. Jo and Krstic are supposed to defend to Bynum and Gasol! Good one! xD Everyone and especially the Lakers fear the HEAT, that's why they hate 'em. Simple as that.

  27. HeatFan says:

    The Lakers/Heat games had the highest TV ratings since the Jordan era. Get your facts straight.

  28. Louis Q. says:

    OMG Heat fan you are soo annoying ... I actually have REAL Heat fans here in New York who like them before LeBron and Bosh ; but wow your just an example of another bandwagon fan who thinks they're so called "team" is going to win in the finals every time they get a win ... I mean seriously ; last year you probably thought it was going to be Cavaliers vs. Lakers in the Finals ....

  29. Anonymous says:

    Heat suck

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